Great Britain has always tackled the world’s problems, not run away from them. We should be leading Europe, not leaving Europe.
In recent years, we didn’t seize the agenda because we had one eye on the exit door. But, if we vote to stay in the EU, we can provide leadership for the whole continent.
We are Europe’s second-largest economy and may, in a generation, become the biggest. We have Europe’s most sophisticated armed forces, best intelligence agencies and centuries of diplomatic expertise.
We can use these assets, working with our neighbors and allies, to solve problems that concern us all, chiefly:
- Creating jobs. Jobs in the digital economy, high-tech manufacturing, financial services and the creative industries. We must extend the single market to include the newest and liveliest industries.
- Fighting terrorism and the causes of mass migration. This means sharing information with other European countries to track down jihadis. It will also require a joined up political and economic plan to stabilize north Africa and the Middle East.
- Combating climate change. We pushed the EU to make ambitious commitments at last year’s Paris talks – something which helped secure a good global deal. More action will be needed to save our planet.
- A fairer Europe. We need to crack down on international tax cheats. Acting with our European allies should be the first step toward effective global action. We should also secure workers’ rights, so the fruits of economic success are shared.
These things matter deeply to us and future generations. There are no quick fixes. But we can solve these problems by leading Europe, not pulling up an imaginary drawbridge.
We, the undersigned, call on our government to pursue such an agenda with vigor on June 24, if the British people vote to stay in the EU.
Don’t leave Europe. Lead Europe.